fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) , fi-ˈnä- How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Definition of finale

: the close or termination of something: such as
a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale
b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

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Caution: Spoilers for the finale of The Bachelor, as well as The Bachelorette announcement, are ahead. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23 Finale Recap: Cassie Makes Her Final Decision," 13 Mar. 2019 The new race in Texas and the return to Laguna Seca in Monterrey, California, for the season finale gives IndyCar a taste for new fans and old. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season," 11 Feb. 2019 As for the finale, the Yellow Vest protest movement proved that fashion is not immune to the events that have been shaking up Paris since November. Michael Philouze, Vogue, "Setting the Scene: Michael Philouze Recalls All the Spectacular Venues of the Paris Menswear Shows," 30 Jan. 2019 The Angels still haven’t announced a starter for the finale of this series, Pena right now the likely option. Jeff Miller,, "Shohei Ohtani may return to bat before he's ready to pitch again for the Angels," 23 June 2018 Bregman moved to the leadoff spot for Thursday’s finale while George Springer sat. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros manager A.J. Hinch stays committed to resting star players," 14 June 2018 The season 3 finale will be on April 2, which was bumped from its original date, March 26, because of President Trump's State of the Union Address. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Floored Over the Show's Announcement About the Next Episode," 26 Feb. 2019 The season one finale of Netflix's You was bonkers, to say the least. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If This You Fan Theory Is True, It Would Change Everything," 16 Jan. 2019 Bonus: The finale was one of the best TV episodes of the year. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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